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Mandatory military: Swiss voters endorse army conscription

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch September 22, 2013 – 20:13 Switzerland will remain one of the last countries in western Europe with mandatory military service after voters overwhelmingly rejected a pacifist…

Veiled vote : Burka ban approved in Italian-speaking Switzerland

by Gerhard Lob with agencies, swissinfo.ch September 22, 2013 – 18:08 Ticino has become the first Swiss canton to approve a ban on face-covering headgear in public places, following a…

The Man With Pink Hair

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN September 17, 2013 I was at a conference in Bern, Switzerland, last week and struggling with my column. News of Russia’s proposal for Syria to surrender…

Switzerland: REUNITING SYRIAN FAMILIES: New visa rules raise hopes – and questions

by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch September 16, 2013 – 11:00 The Swiss government recently eased visa rules to help reunite Syrians from the war-torn state with their relatives in Switzerland. But…

A new world order may be born in Geneva

STORY SUMMARY This is getting serious now, as the United States and Russia negotiate in Geneva on disposing of Syria’s chemical weapons, and generally responsible media report that U.S. President…

Saudi managers to study at top Swiss business school

RIYADH: RASHID HASSAN Published — Saturday 14 September 2013 The Kingdom plans to send Saudi managers from leading companies for training at IMD, a top Swiss business school. Dominique Turpin,…

Ex-hostages recount controversial ordeal

U.N. Has Gathered Testimony Indicating That Syrian Rebels Have Used Sarin Gas, Says Investigator

GENEVA, May 5 (Reuters) – U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent…

Del Ponte on Syria – Both sides are committing ‘incredible’ crimes

by Simon Bradley in Geneva, swissinfo.ch September 9, 2013 – 16:57 Swiss prosecutor Carla Del Ponte says ‘incredible’ crimes are being committed by both sides in the Syrian conflict. The…

WEF SURVEY ; Switzerland tops field in competitiveness

September 4, 2013 – 07:51 Switzerland has again been named the most competitive country in the world in an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum.…

Saudi foreign aid in 30 years totals $103bn

GENEVA: ARAB NEWS Published — Wednesday 4 September 2013 Around $103 billion in financial aid has been provided by Saudi Arabia to 95 developing countries over the past 30 years.…

Human rights: Repatriations suspended to Sri Lanka

September 2, 2013 – 17:18 The Swiss refugee authorities say deportations of rejected Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka have been temporarily suspended following reports of arrests and international criticism…

American supermodel, 24, wears stunning ivory sari as she marries the eldest son of the Aga Khan in fairytale wedding

- Kendra Spears and Prince Rahim announced their engagement in April - Married in traditional Muslim ceremony at Bellerive Castle in Geneva American supermodel Kendra Spears became a princess yesterday…

POLICY CHANGE : Swiss refuge proposed for Syrians

September 1, 2013 – 14:19 As the conflict in Syria worsens, Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga wants Switzerland to take in a limited number of those fleeing the fighting, and…

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

By Shaun Waterman -The Washington Times Monday, May 6, 2013 Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a…

SYRIA ATTACKS? ‘Illegal’ strikes ‘not about regime change’

by Simon Bradley, swissinfo.ch August 28, 2013 – 17:50 The United States, Britain and its allies are gearing up for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within…

ZURICH INSURANCE CFO of Swiss insurer killed himself: police

August 27, 2013 – 19:13 Zurich Insurance chief financial officer Pierre Wauthier, who was found dead at his home on Monday, probably committed suicide, according to the local police in…

HUMAN SECURITY: Taking peace-building to the people

by Clare O’Dea, swissinfo.ch August 26, 2013 – 18:00 Human security, summed up as ‘freedom from want and fear’, is the current buzzword of international peace-building and humanitarian work. Two…